Update, June 18: There seems to be a count down in Fortnite for a rocket launch, and that countdown seems to point toward the inevitable Season 5.
We know Fortnite Season 5 is coming, and it looks like it’ll be coming in with a literal bang. After the Switch version of the game launched last week, a mysterious countdown started broadcasting on its in-game TVs, and that’s been followed up with various other hints across all versions of Fortnite.
That countdown points to the morning of June 19, and Epic has just confirmed that the 4.4 content update will launch right on time with the end of that countdown, at 1:00 PDT / 4:00 EDT / 9:00 BST. Epic hasn’t provided details on what’s coming in relation to the countdown - not even one of the hinting puns that usually accompany these announcements - but we can make some guesses based on what’s been going on in-game lately.
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After the countdown appeared on Switch, TVs in other versions of the game began to show a skull image in similar colours - a skull of the same design as the supervillain hideout over by Snobby Shores.
That hideout lair contains a rocket, and since all these mysterious broadcasts started, there’s been a hologram there showing the rocket in-flight. If all this isn’t enough for you, regular dataminer TwoEpicBuddies has uncovered some files suggesting that players will be able to launch the rocket themselves after tomorrow’s update.
The v4.4 Content Update will be available tomorrow, June 19.
Downtime begins at 4am ET (0800 GMT).
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) June 18, 2018
Exactly what the rocket launch will mean or what in-game effect it will have is as yet unclear, though it all seems to point to the start of Fortnite Season 5. It’s all very similar to the meteor crash teased at this point last season, and given the popularity of that event it should be no surprise to see Epic following up with a similar set of teases for the start of the next season.
At E3, worldwide creative director of Epic Games Donald Mustard confirmed that Fortnite Season 5 is “well underway” and will release next month. This announcement comes via YouTube E3 Gaming Show where Mustard has been discussing development on Fortnite Battle Royale. Beyond that, Mustard has also stated that the team have “already got good ideas for Season 6, Season 7, Season 8…”